Here it is Saturday evening, and I sit here satisfied. Last night as I thought about my schedule today, I began to dread the long day. I had a funeral and a wedding on the schedule for today. Both were things that I wanted to go to, but I was a bit worried about my tiredness since I was still getting over the flu.
Tonight, however, I’m thankful! During both events, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness. His faithfulness to a couple who had been married over 60 years. His faithfulness to that family as they are now mourning their mother, their grandmother, their great grandmother. I pray for her husband who, with his wife, has modeled a life of joy for years and years. I pray for comfort and joy for him in these new circumstances.
I’m thankful for the pastor who preached about God’s peace and about how God is present with us now even as we miss this dear woman. We can and should grieve our loss but also find strength and hope in God’s presence as we continue on to live our life for Him for as long as He has us on this earth.
I’m also thankful for God’s faithfulness in the body of Christ. I’m thankful when the body of Christ works the way God designed it. Tonight I got to reconnect with some dear friends who I spent years in ministry with. We got to celebrate one of those couple’s son’s wedding. What a joy to watch him lead worship with his wife. What a joy to see how God continues to work in people’s lives even when we don’t see each other often anymore. It made me stop and remember how much I learned about the body of Christ through these believers.
I’m praising God for the way that He works through the people in our lives to point us to Himself. I’m satisfied in His faithfulness.
So Satisfied Saturdays are back (or at least that’s the plan:). Yesterday I was reminded of the importance of being satisfied with where we are and with who we are.
At the last minute, I decided to go to a Temple Grandin conference. Her mother, who is in her 80s also spoke. What an amazing treat to hear both of these women live!
The other speaker is someone I had not heard yet but had definitely heard a lot about! Jennifer O’Toole, with Asperkids, spoke twice. Check out http://asperkids.com -an amazing place for encouragement and resources! In her first talk she encouraged us to find the positive in each person-thus her phrase “relentless positivity.”
As I thought about teaching, I realized that many times, we (or at least I) get sucked into the negatives…I think we truly care about kids and want what’s best for them, but it’s so easy to see all the needs and not to focus on the positives. Yes, we want kids to make progress so we have to know their needs, but what if we made a point to focus on their strengths and what they do well and then use those strengths to help them grow where they have needs. Isn’t that what we want people to do with us?
I also had the unexpected joy of spending time with some good friends throughout the conference. We started talking about the term “relentless positivity.” I think it might be my new mantra:). Am I being relentlessly positive? Am I looking for ways to be encouraging with those around me? (not just my students, but my neighbors, my family, my friends, the cashier at the grocery store, etc) Are my eyes open to see the good? Am I enthusiastically searching for strengths? Am I determined to find the beautiful things in those around me? Am I uncompromising when I share positives with others or do I get caught up in the gossip or in the negativity? Am I unstoppable when I start looking for the constructive instead of the destructive things in life? Am I unrelenting when I look to affirm others instead of tearing them down?
Do you remember my last post-how I tend to stress when August is upon us? Well, yesterday was just what I needed. I walked away from the conference encouraged and excited about starting the school year again:). I was once again reminded why I do this job. Thanks to Jennifer, Temple and Eustacia for encouraging us to think positively!
Today I’m thankful for long term friends! I got to meet with one today who I haven’t seen in several years. We were great friends all the way through school from kindergarten through high school. We live in different states and have very different lives in some ways, although as we talked today, we realized many of our hopes and dreams were the same-they just play out differently in our lives.
I’m thankful that God has made us friends. I’m thankful that although we don’t see each other often or even talk to each other consistently, we easily pick right back up where we were.
Listening to her pray and share her passion for God encouraged me and helped me to remember to thank God for how he works daily in each one of our lives.
It’s so easy to get lost in the daily grind, but we need to stop and thank our Creator for how He is working! It helps me to also be more content in where God has me right now.
What are you thankful for today? Share it with someone! Let’s focus on being satisfied in Him this Saturday.
Yesterday in our staff meeting, we talked about helping our students to be grateful. Our theme for this month at our school is going to be gratitude and kindness. I talked to my students and asked them what they thought “gratitude” meant. One of them said “well it must mean attitude because it sounds like attitude.”
Funny how wise that student was being- that student that I was frustrated with-reminded me that if I started being grateful, then my attitude would change for the better!
So we made a little chant and hung it up on the wall. “Gratitude helps us have the right attitude!”
Stay tuned for Satisfied Saturdays where we think about being grateful for what we have. So many times, we want more than we have or we wish we were in a different stage in life, but I’m confident that focusing on being thankful will help us all be more satisfied with where we are.
My reason to be thankful for today is that I have an awesome school team who understands that it’s the little things in life that matter. One of my students was having a hard day, and my teammate motivated her with a special treat. Can you guess what it was???
That special motivator was………..a pencil-just a normal blue mechanical pencil-yep.that’s right-a pencil! This student got SOO excited when my coworker said “Ok if you have a good day, you can use my mechanical pencil.” It made me laugh, but also reminded me that the little things really are important:).